The SPFL has released a statement after a Wednesday board meeting to discuss reconstruction proposals put forward by Hearts owner Ann Budge, BBC Sport Scotland report.

Budge has suggested the SPFL moves to a 14-14-14 division format for the next two seasons to prevent clubs such as the Tynecastle outfit and Partick Thistle being relegated after a truncated campaign.

The ongoing health crisis could wreak enough financial havoc without the burden of relegation adding to those woes.


The SPFL board met today to look over Budge’s plans and has confirmed they will now be discussed by each individual division starting next week.

Celtic are now due to take part in a Premiership meeting on Monday, having received Budge’s proposals in a document sent on on Tuesday.

A brief statement released to BBC Scotland said: “The board has now received Ann Budge’s paper to clubs on the topic of league reconstruction.

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“As these matters are ultimately decided by clubs via a democratic process, we will now facilitate a series of divisional meetings, starting with the Premiership on Monday, at which all 42 clubs will have the chance to discuss the proposals in detail.”

The 14-14-14 model proposed would replace the current 12-10-10-10 set-up and see the top-flight split into a top six and bottom eight after 26 matches.

It means our push for ten-in-a-row could look pretty different compared to the nine seasons that have passed on our current run.

Hearts owner Ann Budge

Hearts owner Ann Budge / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Whether this all results in another club vote, backed by the SPFL board or via an EGM, remains to be seen.

There may not be enough appetite to change up the leagues to reach that point, far less see the proposals voted through formally.

Hearts are trying their best to avoid relegation but reconstruction, even on a temporary basis, maybe too dramatic a change in the midst of a global pandemic that has already acutely impacted Scottish football.

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